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Occam's razor

A maxim that the simplest theory should be applied to a situation or experiment first. This concept is named for its ardent defender, 14th-century philosopher William of Occam. I think our initial hypothesis is too complex. Occam's razor would suggest we consider the simplest possible explanation.
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Occam's razor

the principle that in explaining something no more assumptions should be made than are necessary.
This principle takes its name from the English philosopher and Franciscan friar William of Occam ( c .1285–1349 ): the image is that of the razor cutting away all extraneous assumptions.
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After deciding they wanted to share the stage with their audience, Ockham's Razor spent 18 months designing equipment, including that Perspex tower, a swing and a wall.
The name Ockham's Razor comes from a logical principle attributed to the mediaeval philosopher William of Ockham.
After all, Ockham's Razor specialises in creating physical theatre on original pieces of aerial equipment to create stories from the vulnerability, trust and reliance that exist between people in the air.
Thus, I find the hypothesis and conclusion based on the hypothesis faulty because it is based on a statement of Ockham's Razor that omits the requirement that the hypothesis must explain all the facts.
It was this principle that ultimately led to the general adoption of Copernicus's theory that the sun is at the center of the solar system--for it offered a simple explanation of planetary motions, while the competing Ptolemaic theory had to postulate the existence of hundreds of "epicycles," Russell applied Ockham's razor to mathematics.
Plato's theory populated the universe with altogether too many things to satisfy the principle of Ockham's razor.
A scene from Tipping Point by dance company Ockham's Razor NIK MACKEY
uk Aerial theatre company Ockham's Razor returns to Dance City with yet another breath-taking, mind-bending performance, this time involving the audience a bit more with an 'immersive, promenade production'.
First I went to see Ockham's Razor with their stunning, spellbinding pieces of aerial theatre, then Pacitti Company's somewhat disturbing and thought-provoking promenade performance of Finale and finally Northern Broadside's political farce, AccidentalDeath Of An Anarchist, which was extremely well acted, cleverly adapted, topical and hilarious in places
The circus/physical theatre company is named after a 14th Century English logician whose principle, Ockham's Razor, is that between two plausible theories, the simplest is usually the best.
Performed by aerial theatre company Ockham's Razor, The Mill combines circus skills, dance and daring feats.
A YEAR ago I was wowed by an aerial theatre company called Ockham's Razor who take their name from a medieval philosopher whose main message appears to have been - keep it simple.
Performed by the Ockham's Razor theatre group at Newcastle's Dance City, The Mill attracted widespread praise when it opened at the Royal Opera House in London in 2009.
IT IS just over a year since aerial company Ockham's Razor staged one of the most engaging events seen at the Lawrence Batley Theatre in recent years.
But Ockham's Razor and solo performer Matilda Leyser, both seen at the theatre in recent months, have convinced many of the power of this highly skilled performance style.